Drugs farm forfeited to the state

2016-01-27 12:20


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Pietermaritzburg - A portion of a KwaZulu-Natal farm on which drugs were found to be manufactured in 2009 has been forfeited to the state in terms of a high court order.

The application for the forfeiture of a portion of Roos Boom farm in the Midlands was opposed by the owner, Bhamu Ndaba, on grounds that he was unaware that drugs were being manufactured in three sheds on the 10 000-hectare property. He claimed he was under the impression that the people to whom he had “sub-let” the sheds were using them to manufacture cattle feed.

However, in a reserved judgment handed down in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday, Judge Fikile Mokgohloa said that it was the owner’s responsibility to ensure his property was not used for unlawful purposes.

She said Ndaba could not simply abdicate his responsibility as the owner.

“Given the magnitude of the illegal activities there was no way first respondent [Ndaba] realistically would not have become aware of what was happening,” she said.

According to the evidence of police who uncovered the mandrax manufacturing operation on the farm on June 20, 2009, they had to put on breathing masks due to the strong smell permeating the air and “burning sensation in their eyes and noses”.

The farm in its entirety is registered in the name of Mjukujela Khumalo.

However, the court accepted that Khumalo had sold the relevant portion of the farm on which drugs were being manufactured to Ndaba, and only that land was forfeited to the state.

The remainder of the farm was excluded from the order.

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